HOW TO: Making Your 6″ Lace Go a Little Farther!


Hi All,
Quick little tutorial today, all about using your favourite 6″ stretch laces for your Madalynne X Simplicity 8229 bra. Although this could really apply to any bra where the lace that you’ve fallen in love with is just a bit too narrow for your pattern!
This was inspired by the 8229 because it recommends 8″ wide lace, which is not the most common lace to find out there. I really wanted to use this 6.75″ lace that I have, and it turned out that in my size that was perfectly fine- but then I wondered why you needed such a wide lace- and I found the culprit! It’s the outer cup piece- the biggest size is about 8″ long. So I thought about ways that I could make it work- and it was really too easy!
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New Kits & FREE Shipping Draw!!


Hi All!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but The Emerald Studio Etsy shop has been flooded with new kits!!

I’ve been hard at work sourcing lots of lovely new laces, findings kits in my new Latte colour, and a few other little things to make bra making more beautiful!

So many beautiful new things that I had to do something so celebrate!

I’m going to be giving away FREE SHIPPING!! to one lucky Canadian and one lucky American every Tuesday for the rest of October!!

 

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[BAW 6]: Red Valentine & GIVEAWAY


Hi All!

How excited are you for lace this month! I feel like I’ve really gotten away from lace over the last couple months with my love affair with bra tulle, but my love of lace is coming back to me pretty quickly!

To help you get excited for lace month, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!! YAY! And it’s for the bra kit that I used to make this weeks bra, my Red Valentine! I’ll have more information at the bottom of this post, so you can see what I did with this lace kit and dream about what you’ll do with it!

 

I’m pretty in love with this bra, I love the all-over lace, power bar, lace edge neckline, it’s really very me 🙂 I made this using a non-stretch lace fabric, lined with bra tulle. I used a large findings kit, for the wide straps and thick bottom band elastic for extra support and comfort, and my fav Bliss underwires! (pssst.. I have this new kit up on etsy!)

If you follow me on Instagram @theemeraldstudio you would have seen a teaser for this matching elastic findings! I’m really feeling this red, it just seems so rich and perfect for a Valentine’s bra!

I thought I’d try a new cup seaming on this bra, with a three piece cup, and I LOVE it! I think it’s just so flattering and comfortable. It is fairy similar to the Snow White bra, but the angles are a little different and I think that I like this one a little better.

I love that this lace is really smooth too, and the gold and red just pop!

I love laying my bras out for the photos and imagining the outfit and the jewelry that would go with it I’m imagining this one with a lovely little cocktail dress and gold accessories. 🙂 Do you ever do that?

So now that I have you drooling over this beautiful new lace.. it’s on to the GIVEAWAY!!

 

Enter to win a one of my new red & gold lace kits!!

The contest is open to everyone and you can choose between a large or small findings kit!

 

So how do you enter this giveaway?
Well, that is another exciting announcement:
I’m starting a Newsletter!!

 

The newsletter is going to be a great way to keep up with the Bra-A-Week Challenge,  to get little tips and tricks for bra making and swimwear, and to stay in the loop about what’s happening in The Emerald Studio!

 

All you have to do to enter is to sign up for my newsletter!
Sign up is in my side bar –>

Do you have any ideas for this kit? What will you do with it if you win?

Let me know in the comments!

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [47]: The Chevron


Hi All!
I have another beauty for you today 🙂 I decided after three weeks of bra tulle bras, that I would do a bralette! Because they are such a staple in my bra wardrobe! I used my black bra tulle and fold over findings for this one!

I was loving the ruching from last weeks bra and I was thinking about other fabric manipulations that I can do – *the love affair with the bra tulle continues*  – and I thought about sewing these pleats into the fabric, and sewing them down to make stripes with the effect of the layers of tulle.

So here I am sewing all the stripes 🙂 It actually took less time than I thought, and you only have to do small pieces for bras thankfully! They aren’t perfect, but I think it all adds to the effect of it being hand-made! 🙂

Then I was careful when I cut my pattern out that they would all line up perfectly, and give this chevron effect – I love it 🙂

This is the same basic draft as my winter bralette, and the plaid fall bralette that I made for Karin a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how it can completely transform with a new fabric. There is something about this bralette that is so solid but delicate, modern but vintage- I am obsessed!

And of course I did my usual favourite, fold-over elastic with the double strap in the front 🙂  And I don’t know what it is about stripes, but they’ve always made so much sense to me, and I LOVE matching up stripes to make chevrons and patterns.

Well I am SUPER happy with this one, all of my bra tulle bras are the pride and joy of my collection now 🙂 And I was thinking that instead of another bra next week, I might just make these all into sets? a treat to myself for Christmas 🙂

Again, before all the pleas in the comments, I do promise that I am working on this pattern to release in the New Year! and I won’t keep you waiting forever! Just a little bit longer 😉
And now on to all of your lovely makes- I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful submissions this week- you guys are awesome!! 🙂
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First we have two bras from Ashley of Craft Sanctuary!

Ashley made both of these bras using the Maya pattern from AFI. She first made herself the nude bra to test the fit, then made some tweaks and made the watermelon bra (I’m all about this colour combination- love!!)

Now unfortunately this turned out to be more of an experiment in fit testing than making two perfectly fitting bras- but there is so much you can learn with every bra! Ashely did a great post all about it over on her blog- make sure to check it out!!

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Next we have a beautiful bra from Scarlett of Corset Training .Net!

Scarlett is the maker of all those beautiful corset patterns I used this past Corset October, and she’s finally coming over into the bra world!! YAY!!

She started her bra journey using the Watson Pattern from Cloth Habit, and how pretty is this! Love that lace! I can’t wait until Scarlett’s making beautiful corset-bra sets!! So much amazing to come!!

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Next we have a bra from Réka of Red Heels!

Réka also made her lovely bra using the Maya pattern from AFI. She used foam and a pretty blue floral fabric on the outside!

She got a great fit on the first try- only needing a little dart at the side seam, which she also stabilized a bit with some boning. So pretty! Make sure to check out Réka’s post to see more about this beautiful bra!

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Next we have a very special bra from Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest!

This beautiful ‘Black Dahlia’ is a gorgeous mastectomy bra that Karin made for one of her clients. How stunning is this!

Karin made this bra using a black embroidered tulle lace over black duoplex and a modified Classic pattern from PUG patterns. And she built two foam prosthetics to fit in perfectly- you would never know this is a mastectomy bra! Gorgeous!!! Make sure to check out Karin’s post and more about this beauty! 

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Next we have a really fun bra from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this bra using the Boylston bra pattern from Orange Lingerie, and the Watson Bikini bottom pattern from Cloth Habit. She made it with this super cute fabric and matching lace and elastics- I’m obsessed with this combination!!

Maddy made this using her usual pattern alterations- she’s getting to be quite the accomplished bra-maker- and I’m sure her underthings drawer is looking much healthier than before!! 🙂 Make sure you head over and check out Maddy’s post about this gorgeous set!

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Next we have a very pretty bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

 

This is Sofia’s plunge bra! She mad this bra using her vertical seam pattern, and lowering the neckline to accommodate a plunge wire!  She use really pretty lace, elastic trims and an ivory bow in the middle- so pretty!

This is Sofia’s favourite bra- and I can see why, it’s so pretty! Make sure you head over to Sofia’s blog and read all about this bra 🙂

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And last but not least we have a little more colour from Jen of Jensware!

Jen made this beautiful bra using the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, and a lilac duoplex kit with white lace. Such a beautiful job on the stitching and construction!!

Jen says it fits like a dream 🙂 and that is completely what a well-fitting bra is- a dream! 🙂 Another beautiful submission- I bet your bra drawer is a lot happier lately too!!! 🙂

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All I can say is WOW I’m so completely blown away by all these beautiful submissions this week, I’m so happy to be involved with such a talented and creative group of bra-makers 🙂 Go us!!

I’m also happy to see all this selfish sewing- I find that so many women who sew end up completely bogged down in sewing projects for other people and forget to do something for themselves. And especially at this time of year it is so important to be kind to yourself and do something nice for yourself. And I can’t think of anything more rewarding and kind to yourself than sewing yourself a bra 🙂

As always, don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and pin all of your lovelies over there! And if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!

You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra for next week to bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

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All of the love 🙂

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [46]: The Parisian


Hi All!

Another week of the bra-a-week challenge, and another week of my love affair with the bra tulle 🙂

 

This time I wanted to use the blush bra tulle, and I wanted something that was a little less modern and angular than the last couple bras that I’ve made, something that is super pretty, possibly a little Parisian in feel -or at least my romantic notion of Paris 😉 – and just very feminine!

I spent a Christmas in Paris a few years ago, and I always think about it at this time of year 🙂 But since I can’t have Paris, I thought I’d make a bra that reminds me of it- and call it The Parisian 🙂 One day I’ll wear this bra in Paris- I know it! (Anyone want to join me?!lol)

 

So with that inspiration I came up with this!

The materials for this bra are the Blush Tulle with Small Regular Elastics Findings Kit in black, and the Plunge Wires 🙂

I haven’t made a bra with the Plunge wires in quite a while, and I thought they would be the perfect fit for this style of bra!

 

So, down to the design details, this cup is a three piece cup, with a ruched upper cup piece. To make this upper cup piece, I doubled the length of the upper cup using the standard method of marking every inch of the pattern piece and adding an inch. To get the nice soft ruched effect I used two layers of tulle ruched, over the bottom layer that is the flat pattern piece without the extra added (which I always like to have to maintain the structure of the bra and a guide for basting the ruched pieces to!)  To finish the edge, I just used a strip of the tulle for binding- easy-peasy!

 

I love that even with the three layers of tulle, it’s still so sheer. There’s something so dainty and pretty about sheer lingerie!

 

I also love the mix with the black elastics, powernet, straps and bows, it just gives that perfect little contrast of dark to make it stand out.  I know it’s quite different from the last two that I made, but I just needed a little bit of a fresh design, something to keep challenging me, and I haven’t done any ruching since the bathing suit of Week 23!

 

I am so in love with this bra, I feel like I need to go off and make the full set- à la Maddy! Maybe a full set for the Black Beauty and Snow White as well!

What do you think of this style of bra? Is it more ‘you’ than my last two? I feel like I’m still working out my personal style, so I’m not sure what I like better yet, I just love them all! 🙂

And now on to all of the beauties that you made up this week 🙂

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First we have a beautiful lace bra from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!

This is Karin’s La Parisienne bra! Paris must be in the air! (to be fair she did name her bra first- but we must have a psychic connection!)

Karin made this beautiful longline, using lace over bra tulle!

I asked Karin to test out the bra tulle on her more well-endowed figure, to see if she would get the support and fit that she needs, and I’m so happy to say that she loves it as much as I do!! YAY! Make sure to go over and read all about this beauty on Karin’s blog!

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Next we have this lovely bra from Sian of Rebel Angel!

Sian made this bra using the Maya pattern from AFI! She made it up in the beautiful maroon satin, with cut& sew foam and underwires- her first experience making an underwired bra! Fantastic!

Sian is now a self-confessed lingerie-making addict!! YAY! I can’t wait to see more makes! Sian did a great review of this pattern and her experience over on her blog!

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Next we have another bra from Jennifer of Jensware!!

This is Jennifer’s Fuchsia Surprise, because the lace included with her kit was a surprise! With this kit she made a beautiful Shelley bra from PUG patterns, with all the extra modifications that she likes.

Here in the back you can see how she likes to reinforce the bra with duoplex, fold her channelling at the top for a buffer against her chest wall, and add some pretty decorative lace to the back band! Great!

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And last but not least we have a beautiful submission from our favourite french man Joël!!

This week Joël has made his lovely wife a corset!  And a very shapely corset! I love the peak in the front at the top and the bottom- SO pretty! And the colour panels on the side really add to the shaping effect!

Up close you can see how pretty the fabric is, and it looks like lovely lining, and a great job with that binding- so even and done on the machine! Great Job! Love it!!!

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Thank you all for your gorgeous submission this week- you keep me so inspired 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board and if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!

You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra for next week to bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

How is everyone doing gearing up for Christmas? Any last minute sewing plans?

xo

erin

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